Sarah Palin versus Paul Ryan: Palin Wins!

I’m pleased to report that Sarah Palin agrees with me. From the Washington Times:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin blasted Republican Rep. Paul Ryan in a Facebook post Tuesday, calling his budget proposal “the definition of insanity.”

“Holy Moly! Are you kidding?” Mrs. Palin wrote. “The latest Ryan (R, Wisconsin) Budget is not an April Fool’s joke. But it really IS a joke because it is STILL not seeing the problem; it STILL is not proposing reining in wasteful government overspending.”

The former vice presidential candidate linked to an article by Breitbart News, which says Mr. Ryan’s budget would increase spending in 2015 and 2016 but would balance the budget within 10 years.

The Washington Post story quotes a couple of Tea Party leaders, one of whom points out that Ryan’s budget raises spending in the next couple of years and then promises cutbacks when we all know that the cutbacks will never come. “If there is one thing we know about Washington, increased spending now with the promises of spending cuts on the future means we will get the spending but never the cuts.”

Mrs. Palin continued: “THIS is the definition of insanity. Do we still not understand how dangerous it is to allow government to grow unchecked as we shackle ourselves with massive debt — a good portion of which is held by foreign nations who don’t necessarily like us? If we can’t balance the budget today, what on earth makes us think it will happen at some future date? The solution is staring us in the face. We need to rein in spending today, and don’t tell me there is nothing to cut when we know every omnibus bill is loaded with pork and kickbacks.”

I realize that Paul Ryan’s budget is better than any Democrat budget. That’s why he is being attacked. But sometimes being “better” is not enough. With the coming debt crisis we are being offered the options of going over the cliff at full speed and going over the cliff at full speed except for a tap on the brake lights as we plummet down into the void. Both those options are really bad. The “better” one does nothing for us. We need to halt the spending now. Palin is right to call Ryan’s refusal to do that insane.

By pretending to cut the budget when he is actually increasing spending, Ryan gives us a false sense of security that we can’t afford.